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Sep 5, 2015 sgl
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Since American Sniper is about a real person in a recent war, I find it to be an interesting commentary on Americans. For me, American Sniper shows how an American can seamlessly morph from a cowboy to a government trained mass murderer. Mass murder occurs on the average every two weeks in the U.S. according to the FBI statistics, which makes it rather ordinary despite being a heinous crime. Mass murder as defined by the FBI is single incident where four or more people are killed. When ordinary...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, American Sniper, Adam Kokesh, Gary Franchi, Chris Kyle, Abby Martin,...
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Sep 5, 2015 sgl
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Since American Sniper is about a real person in a recent war, I find it to be an interesting commentary on Americans. For me, American Sniper shows how an American can seamlessly morph from a cowboy to a government trained mass murderer. Mass murder occurs on the average every two weeks in the U.S. according to the FBI statistics, which makes it rather ordinary despite being a heinous crime. Mass murder as defined by the FBI is single incident where four or more people are killed.  When...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, American Sniper, Adam Kokesh, Gary Franchi, Chris Kyle, Abby Martin,...
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Jul 9, 2015 sgl
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Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere. James Risen reveals the shocking corruption, waste and abuse of our metastasizing Homeland Security Industrial complex.  From the bankrupting of the American taxpayer to the moral bankruptcy of the state, James details the price Americans are paying for the war on terror. He is interviewed by Francesca Rheannon. Power corrupts, but it is endless wars that corrupt absolutely.  James Risen has worked for...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, 9/11, James Risen, Francesca Rheannon, George Marshall, Dan...
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Jun 26, 2015 sgl
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In 1982, the Guatemalan military massacred the villagers of Dos Erres, killing more than 200 people. This is the true story of Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda and genocide in Guatemala. Guatemala is a mainly mountainous country in Central America. Civil war existed in Guatemala since the early 1960s due in part to inequalities existing in the economic and political life. In the 1970s, the Mayans began participating in protests against the repressive government, demanding greater equality and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, genocide, Guatemala, Dos Erres, Oscar Castañeda, Steve Inskeep,...
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Jun 18, 2015 sgl
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With potentially staggering costs involved, are efforts to make major reductions in carbon emissions even worth it? Would the money be better spent elsewhere? Or, does the amount of money involved become less important when considering the possible consequences of climate change? One of the most concerning aspects of climate change is the potential for catastrophic damages. Catastrophic damages are characterized as low probability-high damage events. For the motion, Major Reductions in Carbon...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elie Wiesel, Marlon Bishop, German Andino, L. Hunter Lovins, Oliver...
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Jun 11, 2015 sgl
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Andrew Bacevich discusses the diminishing returns of America's long-held foreign policy of expansionism, the dangers of rampant consumerism at home and a imperial executive president. "As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, American exceptionalism, Andrew Bacevich, Matt Richmond, Steve...
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Jun 4, 2015 sgl
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Agricultural plants are frequently cited as examples of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Some benefits of genetic engineering in agriculture are increased crop yields, reduced costs for food or drug production, reduced need for pesticides, enhanced nutrient composition and food quality, resistance to pests and disease, greater food security, and medical benefits to the world's growing population. Advances have also been made in developing crops that mature faster and tolerate aluminum,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, genetically modified organisms, GMO, genetic engineering,...
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May 29, 2015 sgl
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The European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards to market food as organic within their borders. Although sales of organic food increased greatly over the last decade, organics are still a tiny fraction of the food Americans eat.  Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, organic food, artificial food additives, pesticides, fertilizers,...
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May 21, 2015 sgl
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Alan Weisman talks with Francesca Rheannon about the population crisis and how we can solve it. The Earth’s population is expected to be somewhere around 11 billion people by the end of this century. Alan says overpopulation already underlies much of the conflict we see in the world today, including Israel/Palestine and Pakistan. Also the population crisis means we’re going to have to produce more food in the next 50 years than has been consumed in all of human history. "He makes a...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Alan Weisman, Francesca Rheannon, Abby Frazier, Steve Curwood,...
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May 14, 2015 sgl
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The U.S. was built on the hard work of its immigrants. The vast majority of Americans are descendants of immigrants. The U.S. is home to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior. Illegal immigration to the United States is the act by foreign nationals violating...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, immigration reform, immigrants, assimilation, economics,...
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May 7, 2015 sgl
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Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight, until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit. Paul talked about how ordinary citizens interact with the justice system, and examined the system’s overall strengths and weaknesses. Paul's analysis is grounded in the radical notion that the government should respect people's right to be secure in their persons and property,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Nigeria, Paul Butler, Peter Slen, Julia Simon, Robert Smith, justice...
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Apr 30, 2015 sgl
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Opponents of the two-party system argue that Americans are locked into evaluating every issue through a prism of left and right. They say the country needs to break out of a system that has led to stagnation and a difficulty in finding common ground. Others counter that, while the two-party system has its faults, it arose organically and has a long history of getting things done in the United States. Supporters say that the system is broad-based and does allow room for independents and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, two-party system, U.S., Dread Pirate Roberts, libertarian...
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Apr 23, 2015 sgl
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Police officer Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests from 2008 to 2009. The Village Voice series that broke Schoolcraft's story was written by Graham Rayman .  Ira Glass narrates the story. "Police Officer Schoolcraft, who worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, was not a happy camper. Some might call him a malcontent. In 2009, he began to secretly tape-record precinct roll calls...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, police state, NSA, national security, internet, crime statistics,...
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Apr 16, 2015 sgl
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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has a long history.  On November 29, 2012, the General Assembly adopted resolution 67/19 entitled “Status of Palestine in the United Nations” with 138 votes in favor, 9 against and 41 abstentions. The resolution accorded to Palestine non-Member observer State status in the United Nations, marking the first time that the General Assembly considered Palestine to be a State. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can the international community...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, U.N., Israel, Palestine, two-state solution, Tar Sands Pipeline,...
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Apr 9, 2015 sgl
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Almost all Americans fall victim to the hype, intensity, and propaganda, that accompanies political panics. Mark Stein examines American political panics over witches, Indians, Masons, Chinese, Socialists, Latinos, Muslims, gay marriage and more.  Mark closely examines just what it is that causes us as a country to overreact in the face of widespread and potentially profound changes. Mark also wrote the screenplay for the film, Housesitter, starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, political panics, witches, Indians, Masons, Chinese, Socialists,...
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Apr 2, 2015 sgl
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Back in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs."  With $2.5 trillion dollars spent, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago.  Thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail.  But 22 million Americans still use illegal drugs.  The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world much of it for drugs.  "The war on drugs has been a war on communities of color. The racial disparities are staggering: despite the fact that...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, legalization, incarceration, drug abuse, decriminalization, drug...
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Mar 26, 2015 sgl
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Facts are essential in a democracy.  A government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” demands an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction has always been a formidable challenge, often with life-and-death consequences. Those in power habitually seek to control the flow of information, corrupting its content and using lies, distortions, or simple suppression to cover their crimes....
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Charles Lewis, David Swanson, Arun Gandhi, David Letterman, Tim...
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Mar 19, 2015 sgl
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Not everyone appreciates George W. Bush's sense of humor as seen in the following quotes. "You know, I could run for governor and all this but I’m basically a media creation. I’ve never really done anything. I’ve worked for my dad. I worked in the oil industry. But that’s not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office." ~ George W. Bush.  In an interview with the Midland Reporter Telegram on July 4, 1989, quoted in Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, George W. Bush, Simon Jenkins, Jacob Weisberg, William Kristol, Karl...
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Mar 12, 2015 sgl
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"The United States today finds itself threatened by three interlocking crises. The first of these crises is economic and cultural, the second political, and the third military. All three share this characteristic: They are of our own making. ... Yet, as events have made plain, the United States is ill prepared to wage a global war of no exits and no deadlines. The sole superpower lacks the resources — economic, political, and military — to support a large-scale, protracted conflict...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, exceptionalism, overexpansion, power, Western Civilization, Andrew...
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Mar 5, 2015 sgl
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The U.S. prides itself on the ideal of equality. However, the educational, health care, and legal systems, are plagued by institutional biases against racial minorities. A closer look reveals that these disparities are likely not due to hateful intent, but caused by a combination of factors that include implicit bias , racial anxiety , and stereotype threat . Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Rachel Godsil , research director of the Perception Institute, who explains how the unconscious...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, racial anxiety, implicit bias, stereotype threat, equality,...
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Feb 26, 2015 sgl
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"The fact is that American taxpayers are paying for the costs of climate change now. These costs don't hit us all at once but sporadically, in different places and at different times. They don't feel like a carbon tax, though they amount to one. Every time we use fossil fuels, we increase our tax burden, a burden that unfolds like a sequence of trap doors, just like climate change itself." ~ Mark Shapiro “The ground is shifting beneath our feet," declares author Mark Shapiro....
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Mark Schapiro, climate change, price of carbon, carbon taxes,...
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Feb 19, 2015 sgl
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Sarah Jones performances include many characters. Here are some of those characters. Bella is a African-American feminist.  Habiba Rahal is a Muslim professor of comparative literature. Lorraine Levine is an older woman.  Ms. Lady is poor, homeless and disabled. Joseph Mancuso is Italian-American police officer.  Praveen Mandvi is Indian-American human rights worker.  Rashid is a hiphop artist.   "I hope what I do is portray people as honestly as I can. I try not to strip away what's...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, stereotypes, murder, nonviolence, Sarah Jones, James Bevel, Shaka...
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Feb 12, 2015 sgl
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“ Andrew Bacevich speaks truth to power, no matter who’s in power, which may be why those of both the left and right listen to him.” — Bill Moyers Andrew examines of the triple crisis facing America.  An economy in disarray that can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad and a government transformed by an imperial presidency into a democracy in name only and an engagement in endless wars that has severely undermined the nation. Andrew recommends a respect for the limits of...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Exceptionalism, Andrew Bacevich, Bill Moyers, The End of American...
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" After much occasion to consider the folly and mischiefs of a state of warfare, and the little or no advantage obtained even by those nations who have conducted it with the most success, I have been apt to think that there has never been, nor ever will be, any such thing as a good war, or a bad peace. " – Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in H.W. Brands, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (2000), p. 620 This debate focuses on the U.S. bombing campaign against...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle...
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Jan 29, 2015 sgl
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Sociologist Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America’s angry white men including white supremacists to men's rights activists to young students.  Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered. Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privileges, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement".   Many...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Michael Kimmel, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Steve Curwood, Hanna Rosin,...
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Income inequality has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. The top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. now holds a much greater share of national income than three decades ago. At the same time, incomes for the bottom half of American households have remained virtually flat. Some economists and social scientists argue that income inequality leads to unequal access to opportunity and resources like nutrition and education. That's left children born to poor families with little hope of escaping...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Income Inequality, American Dream, Amazon, Peru, oil, gas,...
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Jan 15, 2015 sgl
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Andrew Bacevich talks about the issues facing the United States armed forces and traces them back to the war in Vietnam.  Andrew sees a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Andrew warns of the prospect of endless war, waged by a “foreign legion” of professionals and contractor-mercenaries. Bacevich considers bankruptcy, moral as well as fiscal. Andrew is an author and retired Army officer. Source:...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Andrew Bacevich, Charles Coughlin, United States armed forces,...
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Jan 8, 2015 sgl
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President Jimmy Carter gave the closing address on the first day of a three-day Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The occasion was the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act . Source: C-Span: Jimmy Carter at Civil Rights Summit James Loney On Captivity In Iraq James Loney is the Canadian peace activist who was held hostage for 118 days in Iraq.  Before that James worked for several years for the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jimmy Carter, James Loney, Civil Rights Act, Iraq, Canadian peace...
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Jan 1, 2015 sgl
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Abrupt climate change is sudden climate change that is detectable over a human lifetime.   Naomi Klein explains that we can embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.   Naomi exposes the ideological desperation of the climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of the would-be geoengineers, and the tragic defeatism of many mainstream green initiatives. Also she shows why the market cannot fix the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, climate change, Greenpeace, economics, arctic oil drilling, direct...
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Dec 24, 2014 sgl
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Heidi Boghosian talks about government surveillance, corporate power and public resistance with Robert Scheer .  Heidi Boghosian is Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild.  Robert Scheer is Editor-in-Chief of Truthdig. "Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the answer to the question, 'if you're not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone's watching you?'" ~ Michael German , Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU and former FBI agent Michael German says that...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Heidi Boghosian, Robert Scheer, Spying, surveillance, corporate...
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Dec 17, 2014 sgl
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The U.S. spends more on the military than the entire rest of the world combined and maintains 300,000 troops abroad in an “empire of bases.”   Andrew Bacevich says now is the time to examine the Washington consensus on national security. He argues that national priorities must shift from fixing Afghanistan to fixing Detroit.   With incisive analysis, Bacevich exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie this pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jesses Jackson, Andrew Bacevich, foreign policy, national security
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Dec 10, 2014 sgl
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Anat Admati argues that we can have a safer and healthier banking system without sacrificing any of its benefits, and at essentially no cost to society. Anat seeks to engage the broader public in the debate by cutting through the jargon of banking, clearing the fog of confusion, and presenting the issues in simple and accessible terms. Anat Admati is a professor of finance and economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.  Anat serves on the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, banking, Keystone XL pipeline, climate change, fossil fuels, Anat...
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Dec 4, 2014 sgl
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Species Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert explores with Steve Curwood the many ways humans are helping to cause the largest extinction event since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.  Source: living on earth: The Sixth Extinction Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion “When it comes to moral judgments," Jonathan Haidt says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” Jonathan...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, George H.W. Bush, Elizabeth Kolbert, Steve Curwood, Jonathan Haidt,...
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Nov 24, 2014 sgl
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The War Against The Bees On average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter.  Some beekeepers and environmentalists are calling for tighter restrictions on the use of a pesticide called neonicotinoids . Europe has ban some uses of these pesticides. But many U.S. farmers and pesticide companies are opposed to any such move here, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it's not yet convinced that this would help bees very much. Reported by Dan Charles....
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, honeybee, neonicotinoids, Environmental Protection Agency,...
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Nov 18, 2014 sgl
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The underground economy is where drug wars and police lockdowns meet urban America.  America’s underground economy includes an estimated $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade.  Much of it is in tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is very thin and the hand of the law is very heavy.   Alice Goffman finds an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.”   Alice Goffman spent six years living in Philadelphia, and her close...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alice Goffman, Tom Ashbrook, Elizabeth...
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Nov 18, 2014 sgl
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The underground economy is where drug wars and police lockdowns meet urban America.  America’s underground economy includes an estimated $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade.  Much of it is in tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is very thin and the hand of the law is very heavy.   Alice Goffman finds an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.”   Alice Goffman spent six years living in Philadelphia, and her close...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alice Goffman, Tom Ashbrook, Elizabeth...
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Nov 12, 2014 sgl
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After more than six decades of war, Andrew Bacevich evaluates the U.S.' military effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries.  When and how will these wars end?  Andy takes us thru the various stages of these wars.   The bending of rules of war has become the current strategy.  Assassination and spying on Americans or others are part of this strategy.  Andy claims that the current war is mostly hidden from view.  Andy criticizes Washington for wasting resources on unnecessary...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Margaret Mead, Andrew Bacevich, war, Iraq, Afghanistan, Muslim...
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Nov 5, 2014 sgl
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Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that, “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian argued against.  “It is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.” ~ Michael Hayden “Surveillance equals power. The more you know about...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Michael Hayden, Alan Dershowitz, Glenn Greenwald, Alexis Ohanian,...
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Nov 5, 2014 sgl
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Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that, “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” Journalist ? Glenn Greenwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian argued against.  “It is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.” ~ Michael Hayden “Surveillance equals power. The more you know about...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Michael Hayden, Alan Dershowitz, Glenn Greenwald, Alexis Ohanian,...
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Oct 29, 2014 sgl
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Bloomberg News financial journalist Bob Ivry talks with Francesca Rheannon about the sins of Wall Street. Bob Ivry explains the sins include “Size, secrecy, pride, greed, impunity, complexity, and immunity from adequate regulation”. Source: writer's voice with Francesca Rheannon: Bob Ivry, THE SEVEN SINS OF WALL STREET Climate Risk in South Florida Mayor and biologist Phil Stoddard comments on the risk to a South Florida suburb threatened by rising sea levels.  Phil tells Steve Curwood...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Robert Kennedy, Wall Street, Bob Ivry,...
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Oct 22, 2014 sgl
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Elie Wiesel at the age of 15 was deported by the Nazis, along with his family, from their home in Transylvania to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Elie lost both his parents and younger sister in the Holocaust.  Elie has made it his lifelong goal to teach the world about the Holocaust. The prize-winning author of more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction, has tried to capture in his writings the vibrant Jewish world that had existed before the war in addition to its destruction in the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Elie Wiesel, Dan McMillan, Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Auschwitz...
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Oct 15, 2014 sgl
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I know a something about the works of Andrew Bacevich and Stephen Kinzer and hold them in highest regard.  Andrew Bacevich is author and professor at Boston University.  Stephen Kinzer is author of "The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War".   Evan Thomas is author and professor of Journalism at Princeton University.  They discusses American intelligence gathering and international surveillance policies over the last half century through the...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Edward R. Murrow, Evan Thomas, Andrew Bacevich, Stephen Kinzer,...
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Oct 8, 2014 sgl
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Insights into the world where machines think and people don't. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee talked about work and progress in a time of technological advancement. They argue that technological advancements have taken over our lives and our economy and suggest ways to use those advancements to benefit society. The co-authors spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco to Andrew Leonard of Salon.com. “How we build, use, and live with our digital creations will define...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Andrew Leonard, Automation,...
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Oct 1, 2014 sgl
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President Jimmy Carter talks about abuses against girls and women around the world and discusses what can be done about the problem.  President Carter is interviewed by Sally Quinn and David Ignatius .     Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.  Jimmy  co-founded of The Carter Center with his wife Rosalynn Carter and is the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. His books include "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" and "Our Endangered Values."...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jimmy Carter, David Ignatius, Sally Quinn, Rosalynn Carter, Abuse,...
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Oct 1, 2014 sgl
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President Jimmy Carter talks about abuses against girls and women around the world and discusses what can be done about the problem.  President Carter is interviewed by Sally Quinn and David Ignatius .     Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.  Jimmy  co-founded of The Carter Center with his wife Rosalynn Carter and is the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize.  His books include "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" and "Our Endangered...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Jimmy Carter, David Ignatius, Sally Quinn, Rosalynn Carter, Abuse,...
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Sep 24, 2014 sgl
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The recent leaks about National Security Agency surveillance programs have renewed the debate over the balance between national security and civil liberties.  Four people debated the motion "Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe." For The Motion: Stewart Baker , Richard Falkenrath ,  Against The Motion: David Cole , Michael German Before the debate, the audience in Washington, D.C., voted 26 percent in favor of the motion and 41 percent against, with 33 percent undecided. After the debate,...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, National Security Agency, Domestic Spying, national security, civil...
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Sep 17, 2014 sgl
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In 2008, the U.S. Treasury committed 245 billion in taxpayer dollars to stabilize America’s banking institutions.  Banks that were once “too big to fail” have only grown bigger.  Was size and complexity at the root of the financial crisis, or do calls to break up the big banks ignore real benefits that only economies of scale can pass on to customers and investors? The debaters are Richard Fisher , Simon Johnson , Douglas Elliott , and Paul Saltzman . Before the debate, the audience at...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Big Banks, too big to fail, financial crisis, Richard Fisher, Simon...
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Sep 10, 2014 sgl
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Facing Reality John Gray reflects on what we know but prefer not to think about, whether it's the truth about the invasion of Iraq or the failures of the financial system that led to the banking crisis. "We humans are sturdy and resilient animals with enormous capacities of creativity and adaptability; but consistently realistic thinking seems to be beyond our powers."  Source: BBC: PoV: John Gray: Unknown Knowns: 10 Jan 14 Excessive Government Power Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, John Gray, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Scott Horton, fusion centers,...
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Sep 3, 2014 sgl
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Elizabeth Kolbert explains how humanity is driving a great wave of extinctions around the planet. She talks with Tom Ashbrook. Elizabeth Kolbert , staff writer for the New Yorker. Author of “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” Also author of “Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.” (@ElizKolbert) Source: On Point: The Next Great Extinction: It’s Now What is Progress? Author Ronald Wright says understanding humanity's patterns of progress and disaster...
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Julia Angwin talks about the many ways that the government, private businesses, and criminals can and do collect our private data.  Julia shows that because of the pervasiveness of the surveillance system we live in today, we are in danger of becoming a society that self-censors itself instead of demanding our rights.   Julia Angwin is an investigative journalist for ProPublica.  Julia was previously a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and was part of the Journal team that was...
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NSA whistleblower Russ Tice reveals the names of officials involved in the NSA’s illegal practices.  Russ explains how the National Security Agency targets, stores and analyzes illegally obtained content from the people of the United States.   Russ contradicts officials and the mainstream media on the status of the NSA’s Utah facility, which is already operating and “On-Line.” Russ reveals that the NSA targets and wiretaps U.S. political candidates for its own purposes.  Russ...
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For your entertainment and enlightenment, six people debate the motion "It's Wrong To Pay For Sex." For the motion:  Melissa Farley is a clinical and research psychologist for Prostitution Research & Education.  She has published 22 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking. An abolitionist, Farley advocates for alternatives to the institution of prostitution. She manages the Prostitution Research & Education website (prostitutionresearch.com) and cofounded the...
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Aug 6, 2014 sgl
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Why Do Americans Tolerate Torture Rebecca Gordon argues that torture has become increasingly acceptable in the years since Bush and Cheney left office.  David Swanson interviews Rebecca Gordon.  Rebecca teaches in the Philosophy department at the University of San Francisco.  Rebecca is an editor of WarTimes/Tiempo de guerras, which seeks to bring a race, class, and gender perspective to issues of war and peace. Source: Talk Nation Radio: Rebecca Gordon on Mainstreaming Torture How To Make A...
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Jul 30, 2014 sgl
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CIA Torture The Other Scott Horton is an international human rights lawyer and blogger at Harper’s magazine.  He discusses with radio host Scott Horton the leaked summary of the Senate’s report on CIA torture and the White House’s refusal to turn over documents that likely will implicate the Bush administration.  Source: the Scott Horton show: 04/17/14 The Other Scott Horton From The Earth's Past To Its Future One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all...
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Two teams faced off on the motion "Snowden was justified" in his release of highly classified national security documents.  The team that sways the most people by the end of the debate is declared the winner. AGAINST THE MOTION Andrew C. McCarthy , a contributing editor at National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is a former top federal prosecutor. A former chief assistant U.S. attorney, he is best known for leading the prosecution against Omar Abdel...
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Jul 16, 2014 sgl
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The Dark Side Of Hope Psychotherapist and author Karen Krett talks with Francesca Rheannon about THE DARK SIDE OF HOPE: A Psychological Investigation and Cultural Commentary  "Hope saturates the cultural air we breathe: in movies, songs, advertising, political slogans and self-help books. Now, for the first time, "hope" is being put on the therapist’s couch and its duality is examined in depth. For too long, hope has been promoted as an unmitigated virtue without any...
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Jul 9, 2014 sgl
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Saving The Forests The United Nations' program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation and degradation, REDD, started with great promise.  But Amy Moas , a senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace in Indonesia, tells Steve Curwood that very little progress has actually been made. Source: living on earth: REDD Today The Best Hope For A Sustainable Future On Earth Alan Weisman explains the impact of human populations on the environment and infrastructure.  Alan relates developments...
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Jul 2, 2014 sgl
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Journalist Matt Taibbi explains the  growing divide in the U.S. justice system.  Matt touches on the issues of big money buying innocence and poverty often resulting in guilt. In an age of great inequality the rule of law has been subverted.  Justice divided into two tiers. Free passes for the rich.  Criminalization for the poor.  Matt talks to Tom Ashbrook. Matt Taibbi is the author of “The Divide: American Injustice In the Age of the Wealth Gap.” and “Griftopia: A Story of Bankers,...
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Jun 25, 2014 sgl
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Tim DeChristopher is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising . On December 19, 2008 Tim disrupted a highly disputed Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction of 116 parcels of public land in Utah's red rock country by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million.  Tim had no intention to pay the $1.8 million. Tim was removed from the auction by federal agents, taken into custody, and questioned....
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Jun 18, 2014 sgl
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Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American professor and politician and the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.  Elizabeth was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law.  Elizabeth is an active consumer protection advocate whose work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Elizabeth has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media...
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Jun 11, 2014 sgl
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In the words of seventeenth-century mathematician, philosopher, physicist and Catholic, Blaise Pascal,  “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior? For the motion: Matthew Chapman who is an author, filmmaker and...
Topics: Great Speeches And Interviews, Richard Nixon, Edward Murrow, Matthew Chapman, A.C. Grayling, Dinesh...
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Jun 4, 2014 sgl
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What are the causes of violent crime?  Many factors have been considered in as the cause of violent crime.  Does alcohol or drug use, poverty, lead exposure among children, child abuse, lack of love, poor judgement, violence in the media, poor parenting skills or guns affect crime?  Coming up next six people debate if guns reduce crime. For:   Stephen Halbrook Represents the NRA in suits against the DC and Chicago handgun bans Halbrook's most recent book is The Founders' Second Amendment....
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May 28, 2014 sgl
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Howard Zinn was a radical American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright.  Howard is best known as author of "A People’s History of the United States".  Howard was active in the movements for civil rights, civil liberties and the anti-war movements in the United States.  During World War II, Zinn was a bombardier in the 490th Bombardment Group.  Howard's targets included Berlin, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary as well as Royan , a seaside resort in...
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May 21, 2014 sgl
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The financial crisis is also known as the Great Recession of 2008.  Remember the rescue of investment bank Bear Stearns in March 2008 and the failure of Lehman Brothers in September 2008?   According to a study of 54 countries, there has been an increase in suicide deaths as a result of the recession. The study cites that there were an estimated 5,000 additional deaths resulting from suicide in the year 2009 alone.  Six people debate the motion "Blame Washington More Than Wall Street...
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May 14, 2014 sgl
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The First Amendment protects freedom of the press.  Are there limits of freedom of the press concerning national security and accountability?  The motion is "Freedom Of The Press Does Not Extend To State Secrets." For the motion:  Michael Chertoff, who is a former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Michael also served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade. For the motion:  Gabriel...
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For: Art Kellermann Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Policy at Emory University Art works at the ER of Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s only public hospital and Level I trauma center.  Art is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies and co-chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, which issued six comprehensive reports on this topic between 2001 and 2004. For: Paul Krugman Professor of Economics &...
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Apr 30, 2014 sgl
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Paul Chappell's background includes his experiences as a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran and author.  Paul relates what he discovered about waging peace from his time in the military. Paul also speaks about how Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. waged peace.  Paul grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Paul's web site is www.peacefulrevolution.com. Paul elaborates on three kinds of change that...
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Apr 23, 2014 sgl
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Gar Alperovitz argues that our economy needs to be more responsive to ordinary citizens and outlines his plan to transform the economy.  Gar also talks about the need to build on the Occupy Movement.  He proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else entirely. Prof. Gar Alperovitz is a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and a co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative.  Gar's books include "The Decision...
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Apr 16, 2014 sgl
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Dr. Carl Hart says don’t blame drugs for society’s problems.  Dr. Carl Hart grew up in a tough neighborhood in Miami.  Carl tells Tom Ashbrook and us to end the war on drugs.  Carl says we’ve misrepresented the effects of the drugs.  He claims that we have confused effects of poverty and stifled ambition for drug effects.   Dr. Carl Hart, professor of Psychology at Columbia University, director of Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and...
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Apr 9, 2014 sgl
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Richard Haass argues that for the U.S. to remain important in this century, it must reduce its foreign interventions (both military and humanitarian) and focus instead on restoring its own economic health.  Richard is interviewed by E.J. Dionne a columnist for the Washington Post.   Richard says that U.S. national security depends on the United States addressing its burgeoning deficit and debt, crumbling infrastructure, second class schools, and outdated immigration system.  Richard's...
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Apr 2, 2014 sgl
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Human Population Limits Alan Weisman and Steve Curwood discuss the hot-button issue of reducing population.  Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries, from India to Italy to Japan, to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing?  How might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Source: living on...
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Mar 26, 2014 sgl
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Anne-Marie Slaughter urges us to confront the questions of, “Where is the United States going in the world? How can we get there? What are the guiding stars that will illuminate the path along the way?”   Mark Mykleby writes that the complexity, competition, and interconnectedness of a new century require a fresh perspective on the U.S.' enduring goals of prosperity and security and that our current path is simply unsustainable. Over time, the best way to shape the force of the future is...
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Mar 19, 2014 sgl
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history.  Trends that have resulted in the decline of violence. Our evolution from hunter gatherers into settled civilizations. The consolidation of small kingdoms and duchies into large kingdoms with centralized authority and commerce. The emergence of...
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Mar 12, 2014 sgl
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Eric Deggans is a TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times and argues that the media has fractured into ever-smaller divisions populated by pundits who play upon the fears and prejudices of their viewers to garner larger audiences.   Mr. Deggans proposes that the pursuit of higher ratings and greater website page views erodes political dialogue. Mr. Deggans makes a smartly presented call for more civil discourse.  Source: BookTV: Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide...
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Mar 5, 2014 sgl
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Greg Dalton moderates a discussion about the Canadian tar sands and Keystone XL pipeline.  Canadian diplomat Cassie Doyel say it’s better for America to get its energy from Canada than unfriendly nations. Author Sam Avery warns that there’s enough carbon in the tar sands “to send Earth’s climate into an irreversible tailspin.” Dan Miller , Managing Director of the Roda Group, looks at the long term saying “as a price on carbon kicks in, and it starts to build over time, the tar...
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Feb 26, 2014 sgl
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Congressman John Lewis talks about the civil rights movement and the part he played in it. John also explains to Krista Tippett about how to apply nonviolence today. Source: On Being with Krista Tippett: John Lewis — The Art & Discipline Of Nonviolence Lloyd Sederer talks with Tavis Smiley about the mental health crisis in the U.S.   Dr. Lloyd Sederer is medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the largest state mental health system in the United States. Lloyd is...
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2012 was one of the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire.   Ira Glass adds his comments on climate change.  Reporter Julia Kumari Drapkin tells the story of Colorado’s State Climatologist, Nolan Doesken .   Ben Calhoun tells about former Congressional Representative from South Carolina, Bob Inglis .  Ira Glass talks to writer and activist Bill McKibben .  Source: This...
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Feb 12, 2014 sgl
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Exporting Coal   U.S. Coal companies are planning to build export facilities in the Pacific Northwest to ship coal to Asia. But the governors of Washington and Oregon are appealing to the White House to consider the impact on climate change before approving the projects. Amelia Templeton of the public radio collaborative EarthFix talks to Steve Curwood about this situation.  Another viewpoint is from local business owners Richard and Tanya Burkholder.  They explain why they favor of...
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Feb 5, 2014 sgl
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As Congress tightens the national budget belt, big corporations are getting monster tax breaks, with the help of high paid lobbyists.   Tom Ashbrook talks to Christopher Rowland and David Cay Johnson about how corporations get tax breaks. Christopher Rowland is the Washington bureau chief for the Boston Globe and an author. (@globerowland) David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and columnist at “taxanalysts.com.” and an author. (@DavidCayJ) Source: On Point...
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Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett argue that the U.S. needs to change its policies towards the Iranian government, because Iran will play a leading role in the Middle East for many decades to come.  The Leveretts state that the U.S. has misunderstood the Islamic Republic of Iran since its 1979 revolutionary inception by erecting myths (of irrationality, illegitimacy, and isolation) as the basis for a foreign policy that ill serves U.S. interests.   Flynt Leverett is a professor of international...
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Jan 22, 2014 sgl
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Michael Lind explains how the U.S. has reinvented itself economically and politically a number of times as a result of new technologies. Michael sees a pattern of each new technology overwhelming the political and regulatory system with the U.S. government lagging a generation or two behind the technologically-induced economic changes. Michael contends that change requires a crisis or a war or both to overthrow the old regime and usher in the new.   Michael is interviewed by Terrence McNally a...
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Jan 15, 2014 sgl
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Jeremy Scahill takes us inside America’s covert wars. The soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do anything necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies. Jeremy Scahill reveals covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress, raising questions about freedom and democracy, war and...
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Jan 8, 2014 sgl
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Carbon Neutral Copenhagen   Copenhagen , the capital of Denmark has an ambitious plan to become the world's first carbon neutral capital by 2025. Reporter Justin Gerdes tells Steve Curwood , the Danish city has already an ocean-water cooling system, a bike super-highway and many wind farms.  Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark with a population of nearly two million. Source: Living On Earth: Carbon Neutral Capital Inside The Mind Of A Conspiracy Theorist Stephan...
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Jan 2, 2014 sgl
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George Packer talks to Tom Ashbrook about a great American era coming to an end.  The era of a strong middle class and “we’re all in this together.” George is an American journalist, novelist, and playwright.   George Packer is a writer at the New Yorker and author of the new book “The Unwinding: An Inner History Of The New America.”  His book tells about American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis.  "The Unwinding" shows a superpower in danger of coming apart at...
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Dec 25, 2013 sgl
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The urgency of the climate crisis has compelled writers such as Bill McKibben and Antonia Juhasz to cross the line into advocacy.  Bill McKibben says that “75% of Americans know that climate change is real and want something done about it.”   Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming.  Bill is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org , which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries...
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Dec 18, 2013 sgl
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Robert Pollin argues that the U.S. government should be aiming for full employment (less than 4 percent unemployment), a policy goal which he says was abandoned in the 1970s because of inflation.  Economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff authored an influential paper on government debt and economic growth was widely cited by policymakers and commentators to justify painful austerity policies. The economists who corrected their errors were three members of the UMass-Amherst economics...
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“I have news for everybody, no, there is never going to be one agreement that solves climate [change]” says Christiana Figueres , Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a conversation with Greg Dalton , Figueres discusses the challenges facing international climate change negotiations. But there is hope, she says, “we are moving towards a tipping point, a technological and economical tipping point...that will allow us to move into a completely...
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"The most horrifying idea is that what we believe with all our hearts is not necessarily the truth." ~ Loftus.   In an experiment carried out by Elizabeth Loftus , she was able to convince a quarter of her participants they were once lost in a shopping mall as a child.   In another experiment half of the participants were tricked into believing they had taken a hot air balloon ride as a child, simply by showing them doctored photograph as "evidence". Elizabeth F. Loftus is...
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They begin by discussing what are drones and the history of their use. Avery Plaw defends their use.  David Cole criticizes the Obama administration for using them.  Gregory Johnsen claims that drone casualties were driving Yemeni people towards al-Qaeda.  Vickie Langohr moderates. Gregory Johnsen is a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen and a PhD candidate at Princeton University. Gregory is a frequent guest on NPR, he has contributed essays to the New York Times. He lives in Princeton, New...
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Nov 20, 2013 sgl
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Climate leaders explain their views on the Keystone pipeline and divestment from fossil fuels with Tom Ashbrook . Dorian Williams is an anthropology major at Brandeis University. Dorian is also a member of the Divest for Our Future campaign at Brandeis University. Dorian has been arrested twice in Washington with PowerShift 2011 and once at Keystone demonstrations. Maura Cowley is the executive director of the Energy Action Coalition , which brings together 50 youth groups advocating for clean...
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Nov 13, 2013 sgl
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Nancy L. Cohen, Eric Deggans, Erin Aubrey Kaplan and Karen Elise Sternheimer talked about contemporary cultural issues and responded to questions from the audience. Erin Aubry Kaplan moderates.  Nancy L. Cohen is an author, historian, and political commentator who is recognized as a leading national expert on women and American politics.  She authored Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America . Nancy has been a guest on "Up with Chris Hayes", "Ed Schultz...
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Jimmy Carter is the 39th U.S. President, the founder of The Carter Center and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He remarks on the U.S. continuing commitment to war.  He states that the U.S. is in violation of 10 of the 30 paragraphs of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights .   He mentioned the gap between the wealthy and the rest of the country.  He comments on the effect of unrestricted private funding of elections.  He claims that the U.S. is the only developed country with a...
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Oct 30, 2013 sgl
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A carbon tax, on gas, oil, coal would balance our books, rebuild the country, bring America back, and save the climate, the planet.   Thomas Friedman is a columnist for the New York Times and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.  Read his article It’s Lose-Lose vs. Win-Win-Win-Win-Win about a carbon tax.  He talks to Tom Ashbrook . Source: On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Tom Friedman On Carbon Tax Next week President Jimmy Carter who is founder of The Carter Center and recipient of the Nobel...
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Oct 23, 2013 sgl
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Michelle Alexander explains how the get-tough-on-crime policies were enacted in the 1970's were an effort to push back the gains of the Civil Rights Movement.  From Publishers Weekly "Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been...
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Oct 16, 2013 sgl
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Vice President Al Gore talked about his book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change , in which he outlines the six major factors impelling progress around the world. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize .   Al Gore identifies six factors that are emerging as the major drivers of change. These factors are  1) Work: the movement of labor from West to East (outsourcing); and, at the same time, a shift towards much more automation (robosourcing);  2) Communications: the rise of...
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Oct 9, 2013 sgl
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Stockman claims that crony capitalism has transformed Republican treasury secretaries into big-government interventionists and populist Democratic presidents into industry-wrecking internationalists. He questions the assumptions of Keynesians and monetarists alike, arguing that both "liberal" and "neo-conservative" interference in the economy can be damaging and dangerous. Stockman was elected as a Michigan congressman in 1976 and joined the Reagan White House as Director of...
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Steven Pinker is professor of psychology at Harvard University. He is the author of eight books, including The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined . He is a two-time Pulitzer-prize finalist, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People and one of Foreign Policy's top 100 Global Thinkers. Source: Point of Inquiry Live: Steven Pinker - The Decline of Violence Polar Bears Polar bears have long been the poster species for the problem of climate change. But a new paper argues that...
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Sep 25, 2013 sgl
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Scott Atran is an anthropologist and a leading expert on terrorism and violence.  He is interviewed by Chris Mooney .  Scott Atran has worked with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders.  He is author of the book "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (un)Making of Terrorists".  See the book review by Al Mckay who is an Associate Editor of e-International Relations. The word "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged, and...
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